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Thelonious Monk

The most important jazz musicians are the ones who are successful in creating their own original world of music with its own rules, logic, and surprises. Thelonious Monk, who was criticized by observers who failed to listen to his music on its own terms, suffered through a decade of neglect before he was suddenly acclaimed as a genius; his music had not changed one bit in the interim. In fact, one of the more remarkable aspects of Monk's music was that it was fully formed by 1947 and he saw no need to alter his playing or compositional style in the slightest during the next 25 years.

Thelonious Monk grew up in New York, started playing piano when he was around five, and had his first job touring as an accompanist to an evangelist. He was inspired by the Harlem stride pianists (James P. Johnson was a neighbor) and vestiges of that idiom can be heard in his later unaccompanied solos. However, when he was playing in the house band of Minton's Playhouse during 1940-1943, Monk was searching for his own individual style. Private recordings from the period find him sometimes resembling Teddy Wilson but starting to use more advanced rhythms and harmonies. He worked with Lucky Millinder a bit in 1942 and was with the Cootie Williams Orchestra briefly in 1944 (Williams recorded Monk's "Epistrophy" in 1942 and in 1944 was the first to record "'Round Midnight"), but it was when he became Coleman Hawkins' regular pianist that Monk was initially noticed. He cut a few titles with Hawkins (his recording debut) and, although some of Hawkins' fans complained about the eccentric pianist, the veteran tenor could sense the pianist's greatness.

The 1945-1954 period was very difficult for Thelonious Monk. Because he left a lot of space in his rhythmic solos and had an unusual technique, many people thought that he was an inferior pianist. His compositions were so advanced that the lazier bebop players (although not Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker) assumed that he was crazy. And Thelonious Monk's name, appearance (he liked funny hats), and personality (an occasionally uncommunicative introvert) helped to brand him as some kind of nut. Fortunately, Alfred Lion of Blue Note believed in him and recorded Monk extensively during 1947-1948 and 1951-1952. He also recorded for Prestige during 1952-1954, had a solo set for Vogue in 1954 during a visit to Paris, and appeared on a Verve date with Bird and Diz. But work was very sporadic during this era and Monk had to struggle to make ends meet.

His fortunes slowly began to improve. In 1955, he signed with Riverside and producer Orrin Keepnews persuaded him to record an album of Duke Ellington tunes and one of standards so his music would appear to be more accessible to the average jazz fan. In 1956 came the classic Brilliant Corners album, but it was the following year when the situation permanently changed. Monk was booked into the Five Spot for a long engagement and he used a quartet that featured tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. Finally, the critics and then the jazz public recognized Thelonious Monk's greatness during this important gig. The fact that he was unique was a disadvantage a few years earlier when all modern jazz pianists were expected to sound like Bud Powell (who was ironically a close friend), but by 1957 the jazz public was looking for a new approach. Suddenly, Monk was a celebrity and his status would not change for the remainder of his career. In 1958, his quartet featured the tenor of Johnny Griffin (who was even more compatible than Coltrane), in 1959 he appeared with an orchestra at Town Hall (with arrangements by Hall Overton), in 1962 he signed with Columbia and two years later was on the cover of Time. A second orchestra concert in 1963 was even better than the first and Monk toured constantly throughout the 1960s with his quartet which featured the reliable tenor of Charlie Rouse. He played with the Giants of Jazz during 1971-1972, but then in 1973 suddenly retired. Monk was suffering from mental illness and, other than a few special appearances during the mid-'70s, he lived the rest of his life in seclusion. After his death it seemed as if everyone was doing Thelonious Monk tributes. There were so many versions of "'Round Midnight" that it was practically a pop hit! But despite the posthumous acclaim and attempts by pianists ranging from Marcus Roberts to Tommy Flanagan to recreate his style, there was no replacement for the original.

Some of Thelonious Monk's songs became standards early on, most notably "'Round Midnight," "Straight No Chaser," "52nd Street Theme," and "Blue Monk." Many of his other compositions have by now been figured out by other jazz musicians and are occasionally performed including "Ruby My Dear," "Well You Needn't," "Off Minor," "In Walked Bud," "Misterioso," "Epistrophy," "I Mean You," "Four in One," "Criss Cross," "Ask Me Now," "Little Rootie Tootie," "Monk's Dream," "Bemsha Swing," "Think of One," "Friday the 13th," "Hackensack," "Nutty," "Brilliant Corners," "Crepuscule With Nellie" (written for his strong and supportive wife), "Evidence," and "Rhythm-a-Ning," Virtually all of Monk's recordings (for Blue Note, Prestige, Vogue, Riverside, Columbia, and Black Lion) have been reissued and among his sidemen through the years were Idrees Sulieman, Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, Lou Donaldson, Lucky Thompson, Max Roach, Julius Watkins, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Wilbur Ware, Shadow Wilson, Johnny Griffin, Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Thad Jones, and Charlie Rouse. His son Thelonious Monk, Jr. (T.S. Monk) has helped keep the hard bop tradition alive with his quintet and has headed the Thelonious Monk Institute, whose yearly competitions succeed in publicizing talented young players. ~ Scott Yanow
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Misterioso (Live)

1. Well, You Needn't (Live at Brandeis University)

2. Misterioso (Live at Lincoln Center)

3. Light Blue (Live at Newport Jazz Festival)

4. I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You (Live at Jazz Workshop)

5. All the Things You Are (Live at Jazz Workshop)

6. Honeysuckle Rose (Live at The Village Gate)

7. Bemsha Swing (Live at The Village Gate)

8. Evidence (Live in Tokyo)

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Track List: All That Jazz, Vol. 66: Hackensack – Thelonius Monk & Friends Play Monk & Ellington (2016 Remaster)

1. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

2. Sophisticated Lady

3. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good

4. Black & Tan Fantasy

5. Mood Indigo

6. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

7. Solitude

8. Caravan

9. Let's Call This

10. Think Of One (Take 1)

11. Think Of One (Take 2)

12. We See

14. Locomotive

15. Hackensack

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Track List: The Complete Columbia Live Albums Collection

Disc 1

1. Straight, No Chaser (Live In Tokyo)

2. Pannonica (Live In Tokyo)

3. Just A Gigolo (Live In Tokyo)

4. Evidence (Justice) (Live In Tokyo)

5. Jackie-Ing (Live In Tokyo)

6. Bemsha Swing (Live In Tokyo)

7. Epistrophy (Live In Tokyo) (Reprise)

Disc 2

1. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Live In Tokyo)

2. Hackensack (Live In Tokyo)

3. Blue Monk (Live In Tokyo)

4. Epistrophy (Live In Tokyo)

Disc 3

1. Criss Cross (Live At Newport)

2. Light Blue (Live At Newport)

3. Nutty (Live At Newport)

4. Blue Monk (Live At Newport)

5. Epistrophy (Live At Newport)

Disc 4

1. Off Minor (Live At Newport)

2. Ruby, My Dear (Live At Newport)

3. Hackensack (Live At Newport)

4. Epistrophy (Live At Newport) (Reprise)

5. Well, You Needn't (Live At Brandeis University)

6. Don't Blame Me (Live In Atlanta)

7. Blues (Live At Puebla Arts Festival) (Feat. Dave Brubeck)

8. Epistrophy (Live In Stockholm)

9. Evidence (Live In Stockholm)

10. I Mean You (Stickball) (Live At Mainz)

11. Sweetheart Of All My Dreams (Live At Village Vanguard)

12. 'Round Midnight (Live At Village Vanguard)

Disc 5

1. Bye-Ya (Live At Lincoln Center)

2. I Mean You (Live At Lincoln Center)

3. Evidence (Live At Lincoln Center)

4. Epistrophy (Live At Lincoln Center)

5. (When It's) Darkness On The Delta (Live At Lincoln Center)

6. Played Twice (Live At Lincoln Center)

Disc 6

1. Misterioso (Live At Lincoln Center)

2. Epistrophy (Live At Lincoln Center) (Reprise)

3. Light Blue (Live At Lincoln Center)

4. Oska T. (Live At Lincoln Center)

5. Four In One (Live At Lincoln Center)

6. Epistrophy (Live At Lincoln Center) (2nd Reprise)

Disc 7

1. Blue Monk (Live At It Club)

2. Well, You Needn't (Live At It Club)

3. 'Round Midnight (Live At It Club)

4. Rhythm-A-Ning (Live At It Club)

5. Blues Five Spot (Live At It Club)

6. Bemsha Swing (Live At It Club)

7. Evidence (Live At It Club)

8. Nutty / Epistrophy (Theme) (Live At It Club)

Disc 8

1. Straight, No Chaser (Live At It Club)

2. Teo (Live At It Club)

3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Live At It Club)

4. Misterioso (Live At It Club)

5. Gallop's Gallop (Live At It Club)

6. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are (Live At It Club)

7. Bright Mississippi (Live At It Club)

8. Just You, Just Me (Live At It Club)

9. All The Things You Are / Epistrophy (Theme) (Live At It Club)

Disc 9

1. Don't Blame Me (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982) (Edit)

3. Well You Needn't (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

4. Medley: Evidence / Rhythm-A-Ning (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

5. Epistrophy (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

6. Hackensack (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

7. Bright Mississippi (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001, 1st Day)

8. Evidence (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

9. Epistrophy (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001) (No. 2)

10. 'Round About Midnight (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

11. I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

12. Memories Of You (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

13. Just You, Just Me (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

14. Epistrophy (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001) (No. 3)

Disc 10

1. Blue Monk (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

2. Well You Needn't (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

3. Bright Mississippi (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001, 2nd Day)

4. Bemsha Swing (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

5. 'Round About Midnight (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

6. Nutty (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

7. Straight, No Chaser (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

8. Thelonious (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

9. Hackensack (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

10. Misterioso (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

11. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

12. Epistrophy (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

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Track List: The Thelonious Monk Collection 1941-61, Vol. 1

Disc 1

4. Flyin' Hawk

6. Thelonious

7. Well You Needn't

8. Ruby My Dear

9. Round Midnight

10. In Walked Bud

11. Evidence

12. Bloomdido

13. Four In One

14. Criss Cross

15. Willow Weep For Me

16. Skippy

17. Hornin' In

18. Carolina Moon

19. Little Rootie Tootie

20. Monk's Dream

21. Trinkle Tinkle

Disc 2

1. Let's Call This

2. Locomotive

3. Portrait Of An Ermite

4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

5. Eronel

6. Blue Monk

7. I Want To Be Happy

8. The Way You Look Tonight

9. The Man I Love

10. Bag's Groove

11. Now's The Time

12. It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing

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Track List: ’Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Singles 1947-1952

Disc 1

1. Thelonious

2. Suburban Eyes

3. 'Round Midnight

4. Well You Needn't

5. Evonce

6. Off Minor

7. In Walked Bud

8. Epistrophy

9. Ruby My Dear

10. Evidence

11. Humph

12. Misterioso

13. All The Things You Are

14. I Should Care (Feat. Milt Jackson) (Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

15. I Mean You

16. Monk's Mood

17. Who Knows?

18. Nice Work (If You Can Get It)

19. April In Paris

20. Four In One

21. Straight No Chaser

22. Criss Cross (Remastered)

23. Eronel (Remastered)

24. Ask Me Now

25. Willow Weep For Me (Remastered)

Disc 2

1. Skippy

2. Let's Cool One

3. Hornin' In

4. Carolina Moon

5. Evonce (Alternate Take)

6. Suburban Eyes (Alternate Take)

7. Nice Work (If You Can Get It) (Alternate Take)

8. Ruby My Dear (Alternate Take)

9. Well You Needn't (Alternate Take)

10. April In Paris (Alternate Take)

11. Introspection

12. Who Knows? (Alternate Take)

13. I Should Care (Alternate Take)

14. Misterioso (Alternate Take)

15. Four In One (Alternate Take)

16. Criss Cross (Alternate Take)

17. Ask Me Now (Alternate Take)

18. Skippy (Alternate Take)

19. Hornin' In (Alternate Take)

20. Sixteen (First Take)

21. Sixteen (Second Take)

22. I'll Follow You

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Track List: Suburban Eyes (Live)

4. Thelonious (Live)

6. Ruby My Dear (Live)

7. Well You Needn't (Live)

10. Off Minor (Live)

11. In Walked Bud (Live)

14. Round About Midnight (Live)

17. Evidence (Live)

18. Misterioso (Live)

19. Epistrophy (Live)

20. I Mean You (Live)

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Track List: Live 1961

1. Epistrophy (Opening Theme)

2. I Mean You

3. Jackie-Ing

4. Just A Gigolo

5. Off Minor

6. Hackensack

7. April In Paris

8. Rhythm-A-Ning

9. Crepuscule With Nellie

10. Body And Soul

11. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

12. Well, You Needn't

13. Milan Introduction / Jackie-Ing

14. Straight, No Chaser

15. Bemsha Swing

16. San Francisco Holiday

17. Rhythm-A-Ning (Alternate Take)

18. Crepuscule With Nellie (Alternate Take)

19. Body And Soul (Alternate Take)

20. Epistrophy (Closing Theme)

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Track List: The Very Best Of Thelonious Monk

1. Blue Monk

2. Hackensack

3. Sophisticated Lady

4. Bemsha Swing (Feat. Sonny Rollins & Clark Terry)

5. Honeysuckle Rose

6. Ruby, My Dear

7. Well, You Needn't

8. Trinkle, Tinkle (Feat. John Coltrane)

9. Nutty

10. 'Round Midnight

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Track List: En décapotée (Remix)

1. En décapotée - Mix Radio

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Track List: Jazz Six Pack

1. Blue Monk

2. Brilliant Corners

3. 'Round Midnight (1957)

4. Ruby, My Dear (Feat. Coleman Hawkins)

5. Trinkle, Tinkle

6. Nutty (Live)

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Track List: Monk (RVG Remaster)

1. We See (RVG Remaster)

2. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (RVG Remaster)

3. Locomotive (RVG Remaster)

4. Hackensack (RVG Remaster)

5. Let's Call This (RVG Remaster)

6. Think Of One [Take 2] (RVG Remaster)

7. Think Of One [Take 1] (RVG Remaster)

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Track List: Anthology, 1952-1956

Disc 1

1. Skippy

2. Hornin In

3. Carolina Moon

4. Let's Cool One

5. Little Rootie Tootie

6. Sweet & Lovely

7. Monk's Dream

8. Bemsha Swing

10. These Foolish Things

11. Let's Call This

12. We See

13. Smoke Get's In Your Eyes

14. Hackensack

15. Well You Needn't

16. Round About Midnight

17. Eronel

18. Just A Gigolo

19. Work

Disc 2

1. Blue Monk

2. The Man I Love

3. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

4. Sophisticated Lady

5. Caravan

6. Shuffle Boil

7. Liza

8. You Are Too Beautiful

9. Tea For Two

10. Honeysuckle Rose

11. Pannonica

12. Brilliant Corners

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Track List: Jobic Le Masson Trio: Hill

11. Bemsha Swing

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Track List: Grandes del Jazz 12+1

Disc 1

1. Round Midnight

2. All the Things You Are

3. Ruby My Dear

4. Evonce

5. Nice Work If you can Take It

6. Humph

7. April in Paris

8. Aff Minor

9. Thelonious

10. Suburban Eyes

11. Well You Needen`t

12. In Walked Bud

13. Who Knows

14. Introspection

15. Evidence

16. I Mean You

Disc 2

1. Epistrophy

2. Monk`s Mood

3. Straight no Casher

4. Willow weep for me

5. Four in One

6. Criss Cross

7. Eronel

8. Skippy

9. Sixteen

10. Let`s cool One

11. Ask me Now

12. I`ll Follow You

13. Carolina Moon

14. Hornin `in

15. Misterioso

16. I Should Care

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Track List: Live At The 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival

1. Blue Monk (live)

2. Evidence (live)

3. Bright Mississippi (live)

4. Rhythm-A-Ning (live)

6. Straight, No Chaser (live)

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Track List: The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings

Disc 1

1. Monk's Mood (False Start)

2. Monk's Mood

3. Crepuscule With Nellie

4. Crepuscule With Nellie (Take 2)

5. Crepuscule With Nellie (Breakdown)

6. Blues For Tomorrow

7. Crepuscule With Nellie (Edited Re-Takes 4 & 5)

8. Crepuscule With Nellie (Edited Re-Take 6)

9. Off Minor (Take 4)

10. Off Minor (Take 5)

Disc 2

1. Abide With Me (Take 1)

2. Abide With Me

3. Epistrophy (Short Version)

4. Epistrophy

5. Well You Needn't (Opening)

6. Well You Needn't

7. Ruby, My Dear

8. Ruby, My Dear

9. Nutty

10. Trinkle, Tinkle

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Track List: The Classic Quartet

1. Epistrophy

2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are

3. Evidence

4. Just A Gigolo

5. Blue Monk

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Track List: The Jazz Biography

1. Epistrophy

2. Ask Me Know

3. In Walked Bud

4. Evidence

5. Misterioso

6. Round Midnight

7. Bemsha Swing

8. Let's Cool Me

9. Monk's Dream

10. Criss-Cross

11. Hornin' In

12. Little Rootie Tootie

13. Off Minor

14. Straight No Chaser

15. Well You Needn't

16. Thelonious

17. Ruby, My Dear

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Track List: Thelonious Monk: The Very Best

1. Thelonious

2. Ruby My Dear

3. Well You Needn't

4. In Walked Bud

5. 'Round Midnight

6. Evidence

7. Misterioso

8. Epistrophy

9. I Mean You

10. Criss Cross

11. Ask Me Now

12. Straight No Chaser

13. Let's Cool One

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Track List: The Best Of Thelonious Monk

1. 'Round About Midnight

2. Off Minor (Take 5)

3. Jackie-Ing

4. Well You Needn't

5. Caravan

6. I Mean You

7. Ruby, My Dear (Feat. Coleman Hawkins)

8. Brilliant Corners (Feat. Sonny Rollins, Ernie Henry & Clark Terry)

9. Let's Call This (Feat. Joe Gordon & Harold Land) (Live)

10. Straight, No Chaser (Feat. Wilbur Ware & Shadow Wilson) (Take 3)

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Track List: The Complete 1947 - 1956 Trios

Disc 1
Disc 2
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Track List: Criss-Cross (Bonus Tracks)

1. Hackensack

2. Tea For Two

3. Criss Cross

4. Eronel

5. Rhythm-A-Ning

6. Don't Blame Me (Retake 1)

7. Think Of One

8. Crepuscule With Nellie

9. Pannonica

10. Coming On The Hudson

11. Tea For Two (Take 9)

12. Eronel (Take 3)

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Track List: The Essential Thelonious Monk

1. 'Round Midnight (Solo Piano)

2. Bemsha Swing (Live In Tokyo)

3. Blue Monk (Live)

4. Rhythm-A-Ning (Take 2)

5. Epistrophy (Live At The Jazz Workshop)

6. Crepuscule With Nellie (March 29, 1963 - Quartet Recording)

7. Misterioso (Live At The It Club)

8. Brilliant Corners (Big Band)

9. Well You Needn't (Live)

10. Ruby, My Dear (Solo Piano)

11. Straight, No Chaser (Quartet)

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Track List: Monk's Mood

1. Monk's Mood

2. Functional

3. All Alone

4. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance With You

5. April In Paris

6. I Should Care

7. 'Round Midnight

8. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

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Track List: The Columbia Years

Disc 1

1. Monk Speaks

2. Bye-Ya

3. Coming On The Hudson

4. Rhythm-A-Ning

5. Think Of One

6. Pannonica

7. Crepuscule With Nellie

8. April In Paris

9. Ugly Beauty

10. Honeysuckle Rose

11. In Walked Bud

12. Thelonious

Disc 2

1. Reflections

2. Blue Monk

3. 'Round Midnight

4. Dinah

5. Ask Me Now

6. Ruby, My Dear

7. Don't Blame Me (Live)

8. (When It's) Darkness On The Delta (Live)

9. Played Twice (Live)

10. I Mean You (Live)

11. Bemsha Swing (Live)

12. Jackie-Ing (Live)

Disc 3

1. Nutty (Live)

4. Epistrophy (Live)

5. Well, You Needn't (Live)

6. Misterioso (Live)

7. Hackensack (Live)

8. Bright Mississippi (Live)

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Track List: Ken Burns Jazz-Thelonious Monk

4. Straight, No Chaser

10. Rhythm-A-Ning

11. Criss Cross

12. Green Chimneys

14. Nice Work If You Can Get It

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Track List: The Genius

1. 'round Midnight

2. In Walked Bud

3. Monk's Mood

4. Who Knows

5. Evidence

6. Epistrophy

7. I Mean You

8. All The Things You Are

9. Misterioso

10. Misterioso (Alt Take)

11. Humph

12. Evonce

13. Suburban Eyes

14. Nice Work If You Can Get It

15. Ruby My Dear

16. Well You Needn't

17. April In Paris

18. I Should Care

19. Introspection

20. Off Minor

21. Thelonious

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Track List: Jazz Profile

1. Humph

2. Ruby My Dear

3. Well You Needn't

4. April In Paris

5. Off Minor

6. In Walked Bud

7. Monk's Mood

8. 'Round Midnight

9. Criss-Cross

10. Straight, No Chaser

11. Ask Me Now

12. Carolina Moon

13. Let's Cool One

14. Crepuscule With Nellie (Live Version)

15. Epistrophy (Live Version)

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Track List: Thelonious Monk Live At The It Club

Disc 1

1. Blue Monk (Live)

2. Well, You Needn't (Live)

3. 'Round Midnight (Live)

4. Rhythm-A-Ning (Live)

5. Blues Five Spot (Live)

6. Bemsha Swing (Live)

7. Evidence (Live)

8. Nutty / Epistrophy (Theme) (Live)

Disc 2

1. Straight, No Chaser (Live)

2. Teo (Live)

3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Live)

4. Misterioso (Live)

5. Gallop's Gallop (Live)

6. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are (Live)

7. Bright Mississippi (Live)

8. Just You, Just Me (Live)

9. All The Things You Are / Epistrophy (Theme) (Live)

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Track List: Emery, James: Standing On A Whale Fishing for Minnows

6. Crepuscule With Nellie

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Track List: Straight, No Chaser

1. Locomotive

2. I Didn't Know About You

3. Straight, No Chaser

4. Japanese Folk Song

5. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

6. We See

7. This Is My Story, This Is My Song

8. I Didn't Know About You (Take 1)

9. Green Chimneys

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Track List: Piano Solo

1. 'Round About Midnight

2. Evidence

3. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

4. Well You Needn't

5. Reflections

6. We See

7. Eronel

8. Off Minor

9. Hackensack

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Track List: The Complete Blue Note Recordings

Disc 1

1. Humph

2. Evonce (Alternate Take)

3. Evonce

4. Suburban Eyes

5. Suburban Eyes (Alternate Take)

6. Thelonious

7. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Alternate Take)

8. Nice Work If You Can Get It

9. Ruby My Dear (Alternate Take)

10. Ruby My Dear

11. Well You Needn't

12. Well You Needn't (Alternate Take)

13. April In Paris (Alternate Take)

14. April In Paris

15. Off Minor

16. Introspection

17. In Walked Bud

18. Monk's Mood

19. Who Knows?

20. 'Round Midnight

21. Who Knows? (Alternate Take)

Disc 2

1. All The Things You Are (1988 Digital Remaster)

2. I Should Care (Alternate Take;1988 Digital Remaster)

3. I Should Care (1988 Digital Remaster)

4. Evidence

5. Misterioso (1988 Digital Remaster)

6. Misterioso (Alternate Take)

7. Epistrophy (1988 Digital Remaster)

8. I Mean You (1988 Digital Remaster)

9. Four In One (1988 Digital Remaster)

10. Four In One (Alternate Take)

11. Criss Cross

12. Criss Cross (Alternate Take)

13. Eronel (1988 Digital Remaster)

14. Straight No Chaser

15. Ask Me Now (Alternate Take)

16. Ask Me Now

17. Willow Weep For Me

Disc 3

1. Skippy

2. Skippy (Alternate Take)

3. Hornin' In (Alternate Take)

4. Hornin' In

5. Sixteen (First Take)

6. Sixteen (Second Take)

7. Carolina Moon

8. Let's Cool One

9. I'll Follow You

10. Reflections

11. Misterioso

Disc 4

1. Crepuscule With Nellie (Live)

2. Trinkle Tinkle (Live)

3. In Walked Bud (Live)

4. I Mean You (Live Version)

5. Epistrophy (Live Version)

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Track List: Live At The Five Spot - Discovery!

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Track List: San Francisco Holiday (Live)

1. In Walked Bud (Live At Town Hall, New York)

2. Blue Monk (Live At Town Hall, New York)

3. Rhythm-A-Ning (Live At Town Hall, New York)

4. Bye-Ya / Epistrophy (Theme) (Live At The Five Spot)

5. San Francisco Holiday (Live At The Blackhawk / Take 2)

6. Four In One (Feat. Joe Gordon & Harold Land) (Live At The Blackhawk / Take 1)

7. Epistrophy (Live)

8. Jackie-Ing (Live In Paris)

9. April In Paris (Live In Paris)

10. Epistrophy (Feat. Joe Gordon & Harold Land) (Theme / Live At The Blackhawk)

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Track List: The Best Of Thelonious Monk (The Blue Note Years)

1. Thelonious

2. Ruby My Dear

4. April In Paris

5. Monk's Mood

6. In Walked Bud

8. Evidence

9. Misterioso

10. Epistrophy

11. I Mean You

12. Four In One

13. Criss Cross

14. Straight, No Chaser

15. Ask Me Now

16. Skippy

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Track List: Monk In France (Remastered)

1. Well, You Needn't (Live In Paris)

2. Off Minor (Live)

3. Just A Gigolo (Live In Paris)

4. I Mean You (Live In Paris)

5. Hackensack (Live)

6. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Live In Paris, France / 1961)

7. Body And Soul (Live In Paris)

8. Crepuscule With Nellie (Live In Paris)

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Track List: Thelonious Monk And The Jazz Giants

1. Bemsha Swing (Feat. Sonny Rollins & Clark Terry) (Complete Version)

2. Crepuscule With Nellie (Take 6) (Mono)

3. Nutty

4. I Mean You (Feat. Wilbur Ware & Shadow Wilson) (Take 4)

5. Pea-Eye

6. In Walked Bud (Live)

7. Little Rootie Tootie (Live At Town Hall, New York)

8. Played Twice

9. San Francisco Holiday (Worry Later) (Feat. Joe Gordon & Harold Land) (Live At The Blackhawk)

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Track List: Ivory Forest

4. Monk's Mood

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Track List: The London Collection: Vol III

1. Trinkle Tinkle (Take 2)

2. The Man I Love

3. Something In Blue

4. Introspection (Take 1)

5. Trinkle-Tinkle (Take 1)

6. Crepuscule With Nellie (Take 3 )

7. Nutty (Take 1)

8. Introspection (Take 3)

9. Hackensack (Take 1)

10. Evidence (Take 1)

11. Chordially (Improvisation)

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Track List: Thelonious Monk's Greatest Hits

1. Well You Needn't (Live)

2. Misterioso (Live)

3. Bemsha Swing (Live)

5. Epistrophy (Live)

8. Blue Monk (Live)

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Track List: Underground

1. Thelonious

2. Ugly Beauty

3. Raise Four

4. Boo Boo's Birthday

5. Easy Street

6. Green Chimneys

7. In Walked Bud

8. Ugly Beauty (Alternate Take)

9. Boo Boo's Birthday (Alternate Take)

10. Thelonious (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Monk's Blues

1. Let's Cool One

2. Reflections

3. Rootie Tootie

4. Just A Glance At Love

5. Brilliant Corners

6. Consecutive Seconds

7. Monk's Point

8. Trinkle, Tinkle

9. Straight, No Chaser

10. Blue Monk

11. 'Round Midnight

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Track List: Solo Monk

1. Dinah (Take 2)

2. I Surrender, Dear

3. Sweet And Lovely (Take 2)

4. North Of The Sunset

5. Ruby, My Dear

6. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)

7. I Hadn't Anyone Till You

8. Everything Happens To Me (Take 3)

9. Monk's Point

10. I Should Care

11. Ask Me Now

12. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

13. Introspection

14. Darn That Dream

15. Dinah (Take 1)

16. Sweet And Lovely (Take 1)

17. Ruby, My Dear (Take 1)

18. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) [Take 1]

19. I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Take 2)

20. Everything Happens To Me (Re-Take 1)

21. Ask Me Now (Take 1)

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Track List: Live At The Jazz Workshop - Complete

Disc 1

1. Don't Blame Me (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

3. Well You Needn't (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

4. Medley: Evidence / Rhythm-A-Ning (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

5. Epistrophy (Theme) (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

6. Hackensack (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

7. Bright Mississippi (1st Day) (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

8. Evidence (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

9. Epistrophy (No. 2) (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

10. 'Round About Midnight (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

11. I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

12. Memories Of You (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

13. Just You, Just Me (Live [The Jazz Workshop], 1982)

14. Epistrophy (No. 3) (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

Disc 2

1. Blue Monk (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

2. Well You Needn't (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

3. Bright Mississippi (2nd Day) (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

4. Bemsha Swing (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

5. 'Round About Midnight (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

6. Nutty (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

7. Straight, No Chaser (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

8. Thelonious (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 2001)

9. Hackensack (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

10. Misterioso (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

11. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

12. Epistrophy (Theme) (Live At The Jazz Workshop, 1982)

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Track List: It's Monk's Time

1. Lulu's Back In Town

2. Memories Of You

3. Stuffy Turkey

4. Brake's Sake

5. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Take 3)

6. Shuffle Boil (Retake)

7. Epistrophy (Take 1)

8. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Take 2)

9. Shuffle Boil (Take 5)

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Track List: Big Band And Quartet In Concert

Disc 1

1. Bye-Ya

2. I Mean You

3. Evidence

4. Epistrophy

5. When It's Darkness On The Delta

6. Played Twice

Disc 2

1. Misterioso

2. Epistrophy

3. Light Blue

4. Oska T.

5. Four In One

6. Epistrophy

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Track List: Criss-Cross

1. Hackensack

2. Tea For Two

3. Criss-Cross

4. Eronel

5. Rhythm-A-Ning

6. Don't Blame Me

7. Think Of One

8. Crepuscule With Nellie

9. Pannonica

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Track List: Monk's Dream

1. Monk's Dream

2. Body & Soul

3. Bright Mississippi

4. Five Spot Blues

5. Bolivar Blues

6. Just A Gigolo

7. Bye-ya

8. Sweet And Lovely

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Track List: Thelonious Monk In Italy (Live)

1. Jackie-Ing (Live In Milan)

2. Epistrophy (Live In Milan)

3. Body And Soul (Live In Milan)

4. Straight, No Chaser (Live In Milan)

5. Bemsha Swing (Live In Milan)

6. San Francisco Holiday (Live In Milan)

7. Crepuscule With Nellie (Live In Milan)

8. Rhythm-A-Ning (Live In Milan)

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Track List: Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane (OJC Remaster)

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Track List: At The Blackhawk

1. Let's Call This (Live)

2. Four In One (Live)

3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Live)

5. Evidence (Live)

6. San Francisco Holiday (Worry Later) (Live)

7. 'Round Midnight (Live)

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Track List: Alone In San Francisco

1. Blue Monk

2. Ruby, My Dear

3. Round Lights

4. Everything Happens To Me

5. You Took The Words Right Out Of My Heart

6. Bluehawk

8. Remember

9. There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie (Take 2)

10. Reflections

11. There's Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie (Take 1)

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Track List: At Town Hall (Keepnews Collection)

1. Thelonious (Complete Version)

2. Friday The 13th

3. Monk's Mood

4. Little Rootie Tootie

5. Off Minor

6. Crepuscule With Nellie

7. Little Rootie Tootie (Encore)

8. In Walked Bud

9. Blue Monk

10. Rhythm-A-Ning

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Track List: 5 By Monk By 5

1. Jackie-Ing

2. Straight, No Chaser

3. Played Twice (Take 3)

4. Played Twice (Take 1)

5. Played Twice (Take 2)

6. I Mean You

7. Ask Me Now

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Track List: Misterioso

1. Nutty

2. Blues Five Spot

3. Let's Cool One

4. In Walked Bud

5. Just A Gigolo

6. Misterioso

7. Evidence

8. 'Round Midnight (Live)

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Track List: Thelonious In Action

1. Light Blue

2. Coming On The Hudson

3. Rhythm-A-Ning

4. Epistrophy (Theme)

5. Blue Monk

6. Evidence

7. Epistrophy (Theme)

8. Unidentified Solo Piano

9. Blues Five Spot

10. In Walked Bud/Epistrophy (Theme)

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Track List: Light Blue

1. Blue Monk (1958)

2. Nutty (1958)

3. Blues Five Spot (1958)

4. Let's Cool One (1958)

5. In Walked Bud (1958)

6. Just A Gigolo (1958)

7. Light Blue (1958)

8. Evidence (1958)

9. Coming On The Hudson (1958)

10. 'Round Midnight (1958)

11. Rhythm-A-Ning (1958)

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Track List: Thelonious Himself

1. April In Paris

2. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance With You